orienteering 51:24  *** 5.6 km (9:11 / km) +170m 7:58 / km
shoes: Brooks Radius #2
Before I ran, I was a little nervous that I would mess up, under a lot of pressure to run clean. (This time I was serious about not getting carried away running; last weekend I still had it in the back of my mind that faster was better.) I happened to run into Greg Balter playing Attackpoint bingo, who encouraged me to focus on what I should do instead of the result I was shooting for. I started thinking about taking accurate bearings, reading contours, and choosing my route one leg ahead.
I ran a relatively consistent race, making around 5 min. of mistakes.
1-very hesitant at first, nervous, afraid of over-running. Went on bearing and read contours eventually.
4-decided to go around to left, not climbing. I didn't see the little reentrant on the map, so I thought that was my control when I got there and then stood around confused a little bit when it wasn't. Then realized where I was and kept going, but went up the reentrant and then had to run all the way back down to the dotted stream.
5-Saw all cat's claw on the spur I was going to go up, and then I got scared and ran up the one to the right instead. The bad part was that then I went all the way back to the left where I had originally planned to go. The left only saved me 2 contours and was way out of the way by that point. I saw the control from a mile away, though.
6-Read the saddle as ditches, even though on the clue description it was a saddle. I kept looking at it, wondering where the saddle was. Then I went around the spur and when it wasn't where I thought it should be, I ran up the reentrant and into the saddle. I had to stop to figure out where I was. (45 sec)
7-aimed left, clean but a little hesitation.
8-wary of parallel error, aimed straight for big reentrant and then once I was sure which it was, I let myself drift left.
9-didn't aim for end of rough open, so I had to run up the ditch once I got there.
10-bad! "Distracted by others;" wanted to lose the guy I was with and was focusing on that instead of which reentrant I was at. I saw the control on the spur before mine and somehow thought it was mine. When I looked at the map, I thought I was in that big reentrant, so I ran over, finding the big reentrant where I had thought I was. Confused when control not there. Finally, realized what I'd done and ran over.
11-wanted to run fast to the trail b/c the course was almost over, and I took a *rough* bearing. I ended up halfway down the hill, 45 degrees from where I should've been going, and I had to run all the way back up the hill. From then on, though, I did make sure I hit it cleanly from the trail junction.
Followed bearing and Eric Bone to the finish.
At first I was ecstatic that I hadn't made 20 min. worth of errors, but then I saw the results and regretted a lot of the 1-2 min. mistakes. Definitely an accomplishment and a confidence-builder, though.
orienteering 21:19  *** 2.9 km (7:21 / km) +90m 6:22 / km
shoes: Brooks Radius #2
pretty much took a bearing on every one and ran hard. I stayed in contact w/ the map. There were some Army guys and another guy who pushed the pace, which was okay b/c it was a short race and I was focused. I got tired and on the finish split I didn't run in as fast as I should have. I was probably still tired from the morning, and also I wasn't really thinking about what pace I should be going at.